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putrefaction


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Putrefaction  \Pu`tre*fac"tion\,  n.  [L.  putrefactio:  cf  F. 
  putr['e]faction.  See  {Putrefy}.] 
  1.  The  act  or  the  process  of  putrefying;  the  offensive  decay 
  of  albuminous  or  other  matter. 
 
  Note:  Putrefaction  is  a  complex  phenomenon  involving  a 
  multiplicity  of  chemical  reactions,  always  accompanied 
  by  and  without  doubt  caused  by  bacteria  and 
  vibriones;  hence  putrefaction  is  a  form  of 
  fermentation,  and  is  sometimes  called  putrefaction 
  fermentative.  Putrefaction  is  not  possible  under 
  conditions  that  preclude  the  development  of  living 
  organisms.  Many  of  the  products  of  putrefaction  are 
  powerful  poisons,  and  are  called  cadaveric  poisons,  or 
  ptoma["i]nes. 
 
  2.  The  condition  of  being  putrefied;  also  that  which 
  putrefied.  ``Putrefaction's  breath.''  --Shelley. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  putrefaction 
  n  1:  decay  usually  accompanied  by  an  offensive  odor  [syn:  {rot}] 
  2:  decaying  caused  by  bacterial  or  fungal  action  [syn:  {decomposition}, 
  {rot},  {rotting}] 




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